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Wildcat report: Oklahoma State 61, K-State 47

Saturday’s box score

Oklahoma St. 61, Kansas St. 47

KANSAS ST.

Min

FG

FT

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Williams

10

2-5

0-0

0-2

0

4

4

Edwards

25

4-7

2-2

2-5

2

1

11

N Johnson

23

3-7

0-1

0-3

2

0

7

Iwundu

33

0-3

0-0

0-0

4

2

0

Gipson

33

4-8

6-7

2-4

1

1

14

Thomas

17

1-2

2-2

0-2

0

0

4

Foster

14

0-4

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

T Harris

8

0-1

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

M Harris

22

2-5

1-4

0-2

1

2

5

Bolden

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Rohleder

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Hurt

13

1-3

0-0

0-2

0

0

2

Totals

201

17-45

11-16

8-26

11

12

47

Percentages: FG .378, FT .688. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Edwards 1-1, N. Johnson 1-3, Hurt 0-1, T. Harris 0-1, Foster 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Blocked Shots: 1 (Hurt). Turnovers: 13 (N. Johnson 4, Thomas 3, Gipson 2, Iwundu, Edwards, Hurt, Foster). Steals: 6 (Hurt 2, Iwundu 2, N. Johnson, Thomas). Technical Fouls: None.

OKLA. ST.

Min

FG

FT

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Nash

37

5-12

1-2

0-6

1

2

11

Hickey Jr

32

4-8

0-0

0-4

2

1

10

Forte III

35

8-13

1-2

0-2

0

2

20

Cobbins

23

0-1

2-2

0-5

0

3

2

Newberry

28

2-5

5-6

1-3

3

0

10

Griffin

9

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

1

0

Shine

16

3-5

0-0

2-2

0

1

8

Sager

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Hammonds

3

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

3

0

Allen Jr

6

0-0

0-0

0-1

0

1

0

Solomon

10

0-0

0-0

1-2

0

2

0

Totals

200

22-45

9-12

6-29

7

16

61

Percentages: FG .489, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Forte III 3-7, Shine 2-4, Hickey Jr. 2-5, Newberry 1-3, Nash 0-1, Hammonds 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 7 (Nash 4, Cobbins 2, Newberry). Turnovers: 13 (Hickey Jr. 4, Nash 3, Solomon 2, Allen Jr. 2, Shine, Forte III). Steals: 7 (Hickey Jr. 4, Newberry 2, Allen Jr.). Technical Fouls: None.

Kansas St.

29

18

47

Oklahoma St.

27

34

61

A—11,185. Officials—Steve Olson, Ray Natili, Bret Smith.

Feisty player wanted

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber made a point to praise Oklahoma State guard Phil Forte, who scored 20 points and made 3 of 7 three-pointers.

Forte’s outside shooting, however, isn’t all that Weber covets.

“That dude, he’s just a tough, little feisty bugger,” Weber said. “You’ve got to love a kid like that. He fights every play, whether he makes baskets or not. You’ve got to love how hard he competes and loves to play. That’s why he’s won. We just don’t have that. I think Thomas Gipson wants to, but it’s hard when your big guy is the guy that’s doing that. We need somebody to be that competitive, feisty guy.”

The Wildcats didn’t show that fight when things got tough in the second half. They answered OSU’s runs in the first half.

“If you’re at home, maybe you can survive that,” he said. “We watched last year’s game here last night. Same thing. We battled and battled and competed. Then all of a sudden Marcus Smart said ‘Heck with you guys, I’m going to take it to a new level. If you can’t, then we’re winning.’ That’s what happened.”

The Wildcats fell to 0-3 in road games.

Shaking up the starters

Weber gave sophomore guard Nigel Johnson his first start and played freshman Malek Harris 22 minutes after a season-high 24 against Georgia.

Wesley Iwundu, bothered by a hand injury, returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 6 at Tennessee. Gipson started after coming off the bench against Georgia to score 19 points.

The search continues for players whom Weber trusts to win him games. Sophomore Marcus Foster isn’t the only Wildcat in a bad way. Nino Williams started, but played just 10 minutes.

“Nino’s got to play well,” Weber said. “He had his best run as a player, now he just lays an egg the last three games. This has been the M.O. for his career. He’ll have a few good games here and there. Never consistent.”

Paul Suellentrop

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